Original Research Article
Year: 2017 | Month: December | Volume: 7 | Issue: 12 | Pages: 104-113
A Study on the Attitude of Gender Preference and Female Feticide among Women in Selected Settings at Mangaluru
Ms Mercy Zonunsiami1, Ms Darryl Monica Serafine Aranha2, Mrs.Shwetha Rashmi M S3
1MSc, 2Assistant Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecological Nursing, 3Assistant Professor, Department of Medical Surgical Nursing, Father Muller College of Nursing Kankanady Mangaluru - 575002
Corresponding Author: Ms Mercy Zonunsiami
Background: The social evils, female feticide and infanticide can be eradicated only when people recognize the importance of women in their life. Preference for male baby reflects underlying socioeconomic and cultural patterns and prevailing inequity between genders in many societies in India.
Aim: The aim of the study was to compare the attitude of unmarried and married women towards gender preference and female feticide
Methods: A descriptive comparative research design was used to determine the attitude of 150 unmarried and 150 married women who were selected by purposive sampling technique. Data was collected using self made attitude rating scales and was analysed using descriptive and inferential statistics.
Results: The finding in the study shows that majority of the unmarried women (86%) and married women (91.3%) have favourable attitude towards gender preference whereas majority of the unmarried women (82.7%) and married women (78%) have an unfavourable attitude towards female feticide. There was a significant difference in the attitude of unmarried and married women towards gender preference whereas there was no significant difference in the attitude of unmarried and married women towards female feticide.
Conclusion: The unmarried and married women have a different attitude towards gender preference and female feticide. Socio-demographic factors play a role in women’s awareness of female feticide and education plays a critical role in modifying their attitudes towards female feticide.
Key words: Attitude, gender preference, female feticide, unmarried women, married women.